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LV= Cup: Exeter see off London Welsh after late onslaught
Exeter raced away in the closing stages to secure a 42-15 bonus-point victory over London Welsh in their LV= Cup clash at the Kassam Stadium.
The contest was evenly poised heading into the final 20 minutes as five penalties from Exiles fly-half Gordon Ross offset tries from Will Carrick-Smith and Mark Foster.
But the visitors ran in four more tries before the end as Jack Nowell and Nic Sestaret both grabbed a brace of tries apiece to ensure maximum points.
Exeter fielded a youthful side which did not include any of the players who started last week's Aviva Premiership game against Worcester and the Chiefs fell behind after six minutes when Ross kicked a 20-metre penalty.
Henry Slade, who would kick 12 points in all, responded with three points of his own before Ross edged the hosts back ahead against the run of play on 25 minutes.
But Exeter got a deserved try on the board three minutes later as Carrick-Smith took a pass from Junior Poluleuligaga across the line.
Another penalty from Foster gave Welsh a 9-8 lead at the interval but, after Slade had kicked three more points early in the second half, Sam Hill produced an exquisite dummy to send Foster in for an easy try.
Ross kicked two penalties in quick succession to bring the home side to within three points at 18-15, but Exeter put their foot on the accelerator in the final quarter to remove any doubt over the result.
Nowell outflanked the cover defence to finish a skilfully created try before Sestaret went over from close range for his first score.
The French wing then completed his brace after being put away by Poluleuligaga and Nowell completed the rout two minutes from time.
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